When do we collect your data?
- When you apply to work with us – we will collect relevant information we need to process your application, and keep you informed of your employment status.
- When you contact us via phone, email, or video chat – we will keep emails (whether direct or via our website contact forms) from you and we may make notes of telephone conversations you have with us. This includes but is not limited to interview notes.
- When you sign up to our newsletter – we will collect basic contact information to keep you informed of our locations, dates, programmes and offers.
- When you complete our optional surveys – we will keep a record of your answers and may follow up with you, but you have the option to answer our surveys anonymously.
- When work for us – we will collect information about your sign in and out times, relevant incident or accident forms relating to the children in your care, and feedback regarding your performance.
- When you visit our website or click on our ads – to deliver the best web experience we can, we collect anonymous data about website usage including pages visited, device used, browsers, pages visited and search terms you may have used to find our website.
- When you interact with our social media channels – you may choose to ‘Like Us’ or ‘Follow Us’ in which case you will share your social media user name with us
- If you accept a position with us – we will collect information relevant to your employment within a childcare setting, including information required to meet Safer Recruitment guidelines. This includes:
What information do we collect and why?
For us to fulfil our obligation to you as an applicant, and/or employee, and to provide the best care for the children in our care, and to keep you informed of your employment(s) with us, we need to collect personal data about you
Children and Parents / Bookers
Applicants and Employees
If you apply to work with us we need to collect your personal contact information, so we can reach you before, during and after any work completed.
We may use your information to respond to queries, changes to your application, or complaints. We also keep records of communication between you and us, so we can better understand and respond to your needs. This is done with your consent and on the basis that we have a legitimate interest to keep you informed. Your data may also be used to comply with a legal obligation (e.g. a regulatory requirement or legislation surrounding safeguarding etc.).
If you sign up to our newsletters or have given us consent to send you marketing information (done during the application process or as part of your onboarding process) then we will collect your contact details including name and email address. With your consent, we will use your personal data and work location preferences to keep you informed by email, web, text, telephone and through our Recruitment Team about our programmes (including those of our sister companies Academies of Sport and Varsity International) including dates, special offers, new opportunities, promotions, events, competitions and so on.
You are free to opt out/unsubscribe from these communications at any time – either by clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of a marketing email or by e-mailing us at email@example.com. You can also call our Recruitment Team on 01865582949 during normal office hours.
If you have applied for a job we are advertising either directly via our website or a job board, signed up to register as a candidate or sent us a copy of your CV we believe that it is reasonable to expect us to collect and keep the information you provide to us in order to assist you in securing a role. We also believe it is reasonable to contact you to discuss your requirements, and to send you information about job opportunities that may be of interest. If you are using job related websites or programmes such as LinkedIn, childcare.co.uk etc., we deem it reasonable for us to contact you on that platform to see if you are interested in our services or any of the job opportunities we currently have available. You can opt out/unsubscribe from such communications at any time.
Information collected includes:
At Application Stage:
- Your application and information held within (including any CV or cover letters included) such as
- Contact information: preferred phone contacts, email address
- Your immigration / right to work status
- Date of birth
- Details of your employment and academic history
- Referee information to verify your employment/academic history
- Qualifications, skills & training
- Details of relevant referees to confirm employment and academic history (NB referees will be contacted with your consent after you have completed an interview/accepted a role with us)
Depending on the role applied for, you may be asked to self-declare any relevant details surrounding:
- Any illness or medical affliction that would affect the applicant’s ability to care for children (including any current prescription medication.)
- Any previous convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings that may affect their suitability to work with children. (Please note that due to the nature of the roles we offer, we are exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)
- Information available about you posted on social media (e.g. LinkedIn) and information available within the public domain
If selected for interview:
- Discussions at interview will be recorded via interview notes and used to make appointment decision. These discussions will serve to aid our recruitment decisions and, if successful, help select the most appropriate role for you.
If selected for a role:
- Information required to satisfy safe recruitment guidelines including:
- Identification documents evidencing identity, address, right to work, any name changes
- Evidence of DBS status
- Evidence of qualifications
- References confirming your employment/academic history
- Information regarding time spent living/working abroad and relevant overseas criminal record checks where required.
- Payroll information including bank details and tax information for payment of wages
- Feedback, Staff supervision forms and end of season appraisals for re-appointment decisions and performance management purposes
- Accident/incident forms completed by you, or about you
- Emergency contact information (NB details only used in an emergency and destroyed after each season). We only ask for limited information such as contact details including your name, address, telephone number, email address and relationship to the individual.
- Staff sign in books as evidence of who was on camp at any given time, and for administration of pay
- Absence records, for the purpose of sickness monitoring, administration or pay, welfare and to aid decisions in relation to your employment. Information held will include medical questionnaires, Doctor’s certificates, medical reports and self-certification forms
- Disciplinary and grievance records
- Compensation history
- Information relating to health and safety, e.g. Signed risk assessments
- Information about your preferences for a new role and your future employment needs
Website visit information
How long do we keep personal data for?
Under HMRC requirements, we must keep financial records for 6 years from the end of the last company financial year they relate to – this includes all payments made/monies received and to/from who. This includes your right to work evidence, pay slips and tax forms, however we do not keep bank details on file for staff considered ‘inactive’.
We will keep relevant personal information in order to deal with or defend any dispute or legal proceedings. This can include any dispute brought by a child who has been in the care of the Varsity International Ltd up to and including their 21st birthday. This includes any data related to health and safety such as first aid training information, and attendance records.
If you apply for a job we are advertising but do not go on to work for us, your records will be kept for the duration of the application process and for one year.
If you work for the company, we will keep your information for the duration of our relationship with us and for 6 years after. Basic data is kept indefinitely in order to comply with our legal obligations as an employer.
In addition to the above, if you work for the company but do not work for 3 years, your records will be marked as ‘inactive’ and we will contact you to ask whether you want to keep them open. If you opt out, or if we do not hear from, you we will cease communications with you as per your wishes.
How do we protect personal data?
We know that you expect us to protect and secure the personal data you share with us about you and we take this responsibility very seriously.
We secure access to all staff information and transactional areas of our website/database using ‘https’ technology.
Access to your data on our system is password protected and staff with access are DBS checked, trained and vetted to ensure they may handle personal data.
Paperwork containing your personal data which is shared on site is done so via password protected tablets. Or if hard copies are required, then these are stored in a secured location in a sealed box. All staff are DBS checked.
When paperwork is returned to our office we shred the information we are not required to keep. Any hard copy personal data we are required to keep is archived in our offices in a locked storage area which is only accessible by company director’s.
We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we carry out security updates to ensure the latest online threats and risks are mitigated.
Who do we share personal data with?
We will not share your personal data with anybody or organisation outside of Varsity International Ltd. unless we have another legitimate interest in doing so as set out below.
Our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
Organisations where we use your information are:
- Staff data held by Varsity International Ltd is shared with sister company, The Ultimate Activity Company Ltd, who hold responsibility for monitoring of recruitment practices.
- We have a legal obligation to provide our host schools with limited data surrounding our employees on site. This includes name, date of birth, identification, DBS number and Issue date, job title, any key qualifications. We will not share your contact information or any sensitive information without your expressed consent. Privacy policies for our host schools can be found through their websites.
- We will share your personal information with law enforcement, a regulatory body, auditors or other authorities if required by law.
What are your rights over your personal data?
You have the right to request:
- Access to the personal data we hold about you
- To amend your personal data when incorrect or incomplete.
- That we stop using your personal data for direct marketing.
To be informed as to how we use and process personal data
To ask for your information, or to request anything be amended please contact The Recruitment Team, Varsity International, Compass House, Farmoor Court, OX2 9LU or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also phone us during office hours on 01865 582949. You can also request to contact Mark Vingoe our Data Protection Officer through the above channels.
Please note: If we cannot action your request for any reason, we will have legitimate grounds not to – we will inform you in this instance.
You have the right to withdraw consent to send you direct marketing at any time.